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Top 25 Thrilling World Wide Web Facts on Its 25th Birthday


It’s hard for numerous people to visualize life before the Internet, a creation that has transformed almost every other industry on the globe.

On August 6, 1991, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee launched the first web page and on August 23, 1991, he gave the public access to it.

On the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, a true milestone in the Internet history – here DSIM bring thrilling facts about the WWW that outline its history, present influence and the way it’s shaping our future.

1) The Internet’s first website went online on Aug. 23, 1991.

2) The Web has 2 birthdays, First on March 12, 1989. This is the date when Sir Tim Berners-Lee published a paper about “information management”. Second on August 1991, on this date Berners-Lee released the World Wide Web code for free to the public.

3) Berners-Lee and his fellow CERN team members launched http://info.cern.ch with a landing page that only contained 153 words.

4) The original pitch of WWW was not accepted, but Berners-Lee did not surrender. Instead, he refined his ideas into valid concepts like HTML, URI  and HTTP. Robert Cailliau, a Belgian computer scientist, helped Berners-Lee create a revised proposal in November of 1990.

5) A NeXT Computer was used by Berners-Lee as the world’s first web server.

6) Berners-Lee uploaded the first photo on the Web in 1992. That was an image of the CERN house band Les Horribles Cernettes.

7) On April 30, 1993, CERN announced that its World Wide Web technology would be accessible to all for free.

8) British engineer and scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, now director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

9) Berners-Lee received a knighthood in 2004 from Queen Elizabeth II.

10) Archie, which is generally considered to be the first primeval search engine, went live in 1990.

11) The first popular web browser, Mosaic came out in 1993. Mosaic is credited for promoting the WWW.

12) Google was the most-visited site on the web in 2013.

13) Jean Armour Polly coined the term “Surfing the Internet”.

14) It is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time, taking four years to reach the first 50 million people, compared to radio (38 years) and television (13 years).

15) In the 1990s, Bill Gates said that an Internet browser was ‘a trivial piece of software’. He later launched one of the most popular web browsers of all time “Internet Explorer’.

16) According to W3Tech, over half of the webpages are written in English, down from 56.4% in 2002, as other languages are growing more popular online.

17) The web changed how ordinary people could become famous. The majority of today’s celebrities owe their fame to their web existence.

18) According to reports, “The Age of Google” is actually altering the way our brains work…and not certainly for the better.

19) Online Shopping has never been bigger, Amazon.com is coming up on a milestone of its own in the e-commerce industry.

20) Internet and Web are generally treated as the same thing. While the Internet refers to the networking infrastructure that connects millions of computers across the world, the WWW is the collection of text pages, music, files, digital photographs and animation which users can access over the Internet. The Web represents only one part of the Internet.

21) There are more devices connected to the Web than living individuals.

22) The popular websites Twitter, Amazon, and eBay almost had different names. eBay was almost “echobay.com,” while Amazon was almost called “Cadabra,” .Twitter was almost called “Jitter” and Yelp was almost called “Yocal.”

23) Most things made on the web are neither open nor free. The only exception is Wikipedia.

24) According to reports, there are now more than 227 million websites, containing 65 billion web pages.

25) Of the world’s 7.1 billion people, an estimated 2.4 billion people go online today. That’s 37.7 percent of the world’s total population.

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